Today, Microsoft announced the new name for FIM2010 or Forefront Identity Manager vNext. Future versions of FIM2010 R2 will be known under the Microsoft brand, and so the next release will be known as Microsoft Identity Manager.
I can not help giving this announcement some thoughts.
A published roadmap like this (http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2014/04/23/forefront-identity-manager-vnext-roadmap-now-microsoft-identity-manager.aspx) is reassuring for customers running FIM2010 today - and also for customers considering utilizing FIM2010 for their identity management needs. Their technology choice now proofs sound as Microsoft is continuing investments in the product.
Also, the major investment areas mentioned in the article above gives me confidence that Microsoft is gonna take the product to a new level where it makes sense to really put this tool into play in your infrastructure.
With the current version, I've already built some great solutions that really supported organizations needs. If I read correctly between the lines, I have no doubt that I will be able to leverage all the new features in the next version with existing FIM2010 installations - and make these even better. And I'll have a lot of new stuff to help build great identity management solutions.
I'm really looking forward to more information on timelines for preview programs and the release schedule which is to be released later in this year.
Let's stay tuned...